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Thursday, May 28, 2009

Made to skate and Art and sole: Thrashing good reads

Made for Skate by J. Blumlein (2009) is a new book which tells the story of skateboard footwear as seen through the eyes of those who lived it. This book provides an exhaustive overview of the history and styles of skate shoes and is based on the collection of the Museum of Skateboard History in Stuttgart, Germany. Along with the classics by companies such as Vans, Airwalk, Etnies, and Duffs it features hard-to-find and one-of-a-kind shoes that emerged throughout five decades of skate history. The book is well illustrated throughout. Another cracker is Art & Sole: Contemporary Sneaker Art & Design by Intercity (2008). This explores the creative side of sneaker culture showing the best and most original rarities/collaborations and previewing the latest art and design. The book also highlights how creative advances on-the-scene have been furthered by a growing number of artists who base their work on sneakers—from sculptures made from dissected shoes to oil paintings on canvas and even the customization of the shoes themselves. There is now a huge crossover between sneaker culture and the worlds of art and design.

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